Coffeepass Co-Founder Dev Melepura on the Dating App’s Unique Qualities

Coffeepass, co-founded by Dev Melepura and Ashwath Biradar, was developed as a means to fix online dating using friends and mutual connections, and a great amount of research on social theories.

Renting High-End South Asian Designer Wear is Now Possible With Indus Threads

Since my wedding was almost three months ago (!), one of the most common questions I am receiving from readers is where to shop for a South Asian wedding, what are the latest trends, where to shop affordably, and who are the best designers.

I am Not Married And I am Happy

The day I graduated college, my nani (maternal grandmother) over a telephone conversation and with utmost concern in her voice, suggested to my mother that she should start looking for a suitable life partner for me. My mom laughed it off and said she’ll look into it tomorrow.

Join the #StopHate Revolution, But First Watch New Music Video ‘Bliss’

Using art to further social change is arguably one of the most powerful advocacy tools for individuals and agencies. Composer and full­time student Naeim Reza did just that when he released “Bliss,” his first music video aiming to #stophate and violence in the global community.

‘They Called Me Osama’ Challenges Sikh Stereotypes by Speaking to the Masses

Maneetpaul Singh, a 22­-year-old University of Connecticut graduate and producer of the short documentary film, “They Called Me Osama,” shares his views about the presence of Sikhism in the U.S. and the power of film.

Actress Anita Kalathara on Breaking Into the Mainstream Film Industry

Anita Kalathara is an Indian-American actress born in New York and now based in LA. Selected to be in ABC’s Talent Showcase 2015, Anita most recently wrapped YouTube Red’s first feature “Dance Camp,” the FOX feature “Mono” and the indie film “Trafficked” with Ashley Judd.

5 Tips for Frizz-free, Fuss-free Summer Hair!

Many of us brown girls are blessed with luscious thick locks, but let’s be honest. Natural and thick, wavy hair + summer temperatures = frustrating frizz.

21, Brown and in Love with the Man I will be Marrying

In traditional brown culture, the idea of an arranged marriage has been modernized to being “introduced” to potential spouses and seeing if there’s a spark. However, a “love marriage” is still a rather novel idea. I’m 21 years old and I’ve fallen in love with someone I know I’m going to marry.

‘Drape, Tuck, Pleat’: Brown Women Try to Wrap Their Own Saris

“Drape, Tuck, Pleat” was shot in Toronto last October. I came up with the idea after I realized that every time I wore a sari, I needed help from my mom or an aunty to put it on properly.

I had never even tried to drape one on my own – even with YouTube videos on the process being so accessible.

Why Confronting Anti-Black Racism as South Asians of the Next Generation is so Important

Growing up with white supremacy’s ideology of beauty that brown was not beautiful—that brown needed to be lightened—was a burden I carried for years. Beauty over intelligence was emphasized as if all I could attain to as a South Asian woman was to be a good light skinned house wife.

I am Not Married And I am Happy

The day I graduated college, my nani (maternal grandmother) over a telephone conversation and with utmost concern in her voice, suggested to my mother that she should start looking for a suitable life partner for me. My mom laughed it off and said she’ll look into it tomorrow.

‘Drape, Tuck, Pleat’: Brown Women Try to Wrap Their Own Saris

“Drape, Tuck, Pleat” was shot in Toronto last October. I came up with the idea after I realized that every time I wore a sari, I needed help from my mom or an aunty to put it on properly.

I had never even tried to drape one on my own – even with YouTube videos on the process being so accessible.

Why Confronting Anti-Black Racism as South Asians of the Next Generation is so Important

Growing up with white supremacy’s ideology of beauty that brown was not beautiful—that brown needed to be lightened—was a burden I carried for years. Beauty over intelligence was emphasized as if all I could attain to as a South Asian woman was to be a good light skinned house wife.

Do I Have to Choose Between Being South Asian American and Indian-American?

Am I, a second-generation immigrant with parents from India, an Indian-American or a South Asian American? Do I have to pick one—or can I be both?

The media has increasingly begun to focus on the issue of identity among South Asian Americans.

Mending the Worldwide Bangladeshi Community After Violence In Dhaka

When Bengali’s share their happiness and love with each other, they will also share their grief. When one person hurts everyone else does too. When I heard that two of the victims in the café attack in Dhaka about a week ago, were students from the nearby Emory University, I was crushed. They lived so close to me.

Fashion Illustrations That Showcase Strong South Asian Women

In the realm of fashion illustrations, women live perfect lives. They are either shopping at Chanel or sipping champagne in Paris. Their designer clothes flow effortlessly as they chat on embellished phones while holding Louis Vuitton purses and hail cabs. I would imagine that these illustrations serve as an escape for women like myself whose lives might not always be picture perfect.

Join the #StopHate Revolution, But First Watch New Music Video ‘Bliss’

Using art to further social change is arguably one of the most powerful advocacy tools for individuals and agencies. Composer and full­time student Naeim Reza did just that when he released “Bliss,” his first music video aiming to #stophate and violence in the global community.

Actress Anita Kalathara on Breaking Into the Mainstream Film Industry

Anita Kalathara is an Indian-American actress born in New York and now based in LA. Selected to be in ABC’s Talent Showcase 2015, Anita most recently wrapped YouTube Red’s first feature “Dance Camp,” the FOX feature “Mono” and the indie film “Trafficked” with Ashley Judd.

Singer-Songwriter Ashni Dave Seeks Healing for Herself Through Music

Raised in upstate New York, singer and songwriter, Ashni Dave, started her journey with music at the age of seven learning classical piano. After graduating and unhappily working at a corporate job, Dave realized that music was her true calling and decided to pursue it as a career. She teaches and performs regularly at venues around New York City, including Pete’s Candy Store and Rockwood Music Hall.

Choreographers Sneha and Reejuta Classically Dance to Queen Bey

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing fellow first-generation young creatives producing videos, music and dance. But it is extra cool when that content comes from people you know.

Brown Girl of the Month Sharon Muthu Breaks Dark Skin Stigma in Hollywood

Meet our July Brown Girl of the Month, Sharon Muthu—a South Asian (Tamil) actress, voiceover artist, and singer based in Hollywood. Her television acting resume boasts guest appearances on hit such shows such as, ‘Scandal, ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Glee,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Outsourced,’ and many more.

Why I Want to Write for Brown Girl Magazine

Brown Girl gives South Asian Americans the opportunity to challenge the mainstream narrative about people like us and allow South Asian women to tell their own stories.

Renting High-End South Asian Designer Wear is Now Possible With Indus Threads

Since my wedding was almost three months ago (!), one of the most common questions I am receiving from readers is where to shop for a South Asian wedding, what are the latest trends, where to shop affordably, and who are the best designers.

5 Tips for Frizz-free, Fuss-free Summer Hair!

Many of us brown girls are blessed with luscious thick locks, but let’s be honest. Natural and thick, wavy hair + summer temperatures = frustrating frizz.

‘Drape, Tuck, Pleat’: Brown Women Try to Wrap Their Own Saris

“Drape, Tuck, Pleat” was shot in Toronto last October. I came up with the idea after I realized that every time I wore a sari, I needed help from my mom or an aunty to put it on properly.

I had never even tried to drape one on my own – even with YouTube videos on the process being so accessible.

‘Barbie-Doll Beauty’ A Poem About Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Barbie was first,
she was created by man,

strands of golden hair,

porcelain skin,

curvy hips,

and magnanimous breasts.

His creation was not bad,

but every woman had to be that doll.

This was beauty he said,

4 Reasons You Need The Sonam Kapoor App

Sonam Kapoor is every brown girl’s favorite fashionista. I’ve personally been her fan since her Bollywood debut in “Saawariya,” which I am unafraid to admit that I actually enjoyed.

Sukoon Activewear Founder Arshiya Kherani Reflects on Her Hijab-Inclusive Fashion Line

Arshiya Kherani’s new clothing line, Sukoon, is the answer to Muslim women in America who wants to creatively supplement hijab in their wardrobe.

Join the #StopHate Revolution, But First Watch New Music Video ‘Bliss’

Using art to further social change is arguably one of the most powerful advocacy tools for individuals and agencies. Composer and full­time student Naeim Reza did just that when he released “Bliss,” his first music video aiming to #stophate and violence in the global community.

‘They Called Me Osama’ Challenges Sikh Stereotypes by Speaking to the Masses

Maneetpaul Singh, a 22­-year-old University of Connecticut graduate and producer of the short documentary film, “They Called Me Osama,” shares his views about the presence of Sikhism in the U.S. and the power of film.

‘Je Suis Superhero’ Director Harleen Singh on Using Comics to Break Xenophobic Stereotypes

Harleen Singh’s new documentary, “Je Suis Superhero,” is a fantastic feature on three people using cartoons to fight stereotypes.

DeepVeer Are Engaged And Continue to Give us Relationship Goals

We all fell in love with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s chemistry on-screen in the box office hit ‘Ram Leela ‘and ‘Bajirao Mastani,’ but we all knew that this chemistry was more than just an on-screen romance. Over the past few years, they have allowed fans to lay their trust in the couple’s relationship, giving their celebrity name “DeepVeer” much credit.

Highs and Lows of Working in the Entertainment Industry

Adrenaline rushes through my veins even when I’m just on an audition. Modeling and acting for a gig is exhilarating. I always come home energized and ready to work on my next project. Unfortunately, while auditions happen often, bookings do not.

Deepika Padukone Reveals How Sports Helped Her Fight Depression in New Nike Video

In a recent promotional video titled “Da Da Ding,” Deepika Padukone, who had a very public battle with depression, reveals how sports helped her to fight the mental illness.